Long-Term Care Insurance and Depression
Long-term care insurance and depression may not seem like they go together. Shopping for a long-term care insurance policy may seem confusing especially if you have depression. Getting long-term care insurance with depression is possible if you work with a long-term care insurance specialist that will help you shop for a policy.
Can I qualify for long-term care insurance if I have depression?
If you have depression you will most likely qualify for long-term care coverage. Every insurance company has different criteria to determine who they can insure. It’s important to work with an experienced, independent agent who is familiar with the four main types of long-term care coverage. An independent, long-term care specialist can recommend the perfect policy for you based upon your health history.
Which type of long-term care policy should I buy if I have depression?
There are four main types of long-term care coverage: traditional long-term care insurance, long-term care partnership programs, life insurance with long-term care riders, and annuities with long-term care riders. The best type of policy for people with depression is usually a traditional long-term care policy or a long-term care partnership program. However, everyone’s situation is unique. Click here to try our proprietary “Policy Finder” tool (no phone required). It will give you an instant ranking of the four types of policies based upon your answers to a few short questions.
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Will I pay more for long-term care insurance if I have depression?
Every long-term care insurance company is different. Some long-term care insurers may charge applicants 10% more for depression. Other insurers may charge applicants 50% more for depression. That’s why it’s important to work with an long-term care insurance professional who can help you shop around and compare several different policies.
Can I qualify for long-term care insurance if I have a family history of depression?
Yes, you can qualify for long-term care insurance if you have a family history of depression. Most long-term care insurance companies are not concerned when there’s a family history of depression.
Can I qualify for long-term care insurance if a genetic test shows I may develop depression?
We always advise our clients to apply for long-term care insurance before they get genetic testing. If you have a genetic test that shows you could develop depression, you will probably still be able to qualify for long-term care insurance. To make sure, click here to schedule a 15-minute conversation with one of our long-term care insurance specialists (no obligation).
If I have depression will I have to take a physical in order to qualify for long-term care insurance?
Some long-term care insurers do not require a physical if you have depression. Most long-term care insurance companies will review your medical records in order to determine if they can insure you. Ask your long-term care insurance specialist what underwriting criteria each company will use before deciding which long-term care insurance policy is best for you.
Can I qualify for long-term care insurance if I’ve already applied for and been denied coverage due to depression?
Long-term care insurance specialists have less than 20% of their applicants declined. Insurance “generalists” have about 50% of their long-term care insurance applications declined. With over 25 years of experience, we can pinpoint exactly which company (and which type of policy) you’ll be able to qualify for. We have about an 80% success rate in helping our clients get approved even if they were previously declined.
If you have depression, a long-term care insurance specialist will ask you the following questions to determine if you can qualify for a long-term care insurance policy and calculate your premium:
When were you first diagnosed with depression?
What prescriptions have you taken in the last year for depression?
Have you ever been hospitalized or required an emergency room visit due to depression? If so, when?
Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Was your depression “situational depression”?
Is your depression caused by menopause?
Have you made any suicide attempt or had suicidal ideation?
Has your depression been treated with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?
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